A Memory is Worth a Million PicturesGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
There are memories simply too precious to forget. Too soon do little children grow up and forget the elder relatives. Yet, there remains dribbles of information we knew about our family members that is still in the conclave of our thoughts. Older citizens review these moments in the declining years, preferring the good times. I see my sisters as they were when we were playing in the yard, but somewhere in that memory lies a fleeting picture of my dear old great-grandmother asking me to thread a needle. One day I found a vaguely familiar face on an old black and white photograph and it came to me! That was her! I had traced her lineage back several hundred years, but not remember her. Now I could. What a pleasure it is to find her alas! It seems that just about everyone has a batch of unidentified photos. Now that the internet is our photo album, we can post these precious memories for future generations. Neat! Remember Me
Railroad Dollars: The Macon and Brunswick RailroadRailroad Dollar During the 1860s the railroad printed its own dollar as a means of the payment of wages. Male railroad workers were paid between $1 and $5 per day. Immigrants were paid the lowest amount. During 1922 it was reported that the railroads did a large volume of business on a narrow traffic margin.
Eastman DepotA railroad station stop of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad was constructed in 1869. The president of the railroad was William Pitt Eastman, an industrialist. When Eastman visited the new stop, he purchased land on both sides of the line and laid out a town. William Dodge, president of the Georgia Land and Lumber Company, funded the building of a courthouse in exchange for the county being named after him.
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Dodge County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Dodge County was created in 1870 from parts of Montgomery, Pulaski, and Telfair counties. It was named for William E. Dodge, a New York businessman who owned large tracts of forest land in Georgia. Dodge helped persuade Congress to remove taxation from timber and made a gift to the county by building its first court house in 1908.
Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Marriages from Newspapers 1885 to 1886
- Dodge County Wills 1878-1901 (abstracts).
Indexes to Probate Records
- Annual Returns and Vouchers, Bk A (1871 to 1888)
- Annual Returns and Vouchers, Bk B (1888 to 1894)
- Annual Returns and Vouchers, Bk C (1893 to 1901)
Dodge County Families